Is It Friday Already?

… I guess it must be; the megaplexes are crawling with new releases. Shall we go through ’em?

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter“: If I tried to explain it, you’d think I was crazy. So just go see what Timur Bekmambetov has done to liven up one of the great American stories.

ALPS“: Yorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to “Dogtooth” is just as weird, if not more so.

The Boss“: Your tax dollars at work, making crap.

Brave“: Pixar resurgent! Beautiful characters, gorgeous animation and a story worthy of the legends it cannibalizes. Also, Billy Connolly.

“Bruno’s Blues”: Kiva¬†says Michael Simard’s mockumentary about the travails of jazzman Hubert Bruno is pure torture. Ouch.

“5 Broken Cameras”: Rad found this Palestinian documentary — shot by a landowner who’s losing his West Bank home to Israeli settlers — fascinating and powerful.

Patang“: Prashant Bhargava’s plodding generational tale falls somewhere between dull family drama and self-indulgent ethnographic documentary. So, whee.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World“: In which Lorene Scarfaria demonstrates all you need to make a movie are Steve Carell, Keira Knightley and a meteor the size of New Jersey. ¬†(Oh, and a really intelligent script.)

Your Sister’s Sister“: Lynn Shelton follows “Humpday” with another project in which Mark Duplass is very uncomfortable, caught between siblings Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt in a remote cabin. I loved it.

… and there we go! Oh, and there’s some other stuff happening in town, including TIFF’s ambitious new First Nations series, a Korean film festival and a midnight-movie marathon Saturday night at the Revue. I’ll be covering those in my NOW Daily web column; I’ll link to it as soon as it goes up.

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